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Port Authority executive resigns amid GWB lane closure mystery

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MYFOXNY.COM/AP - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced Friday that one of his top appointees had resigned amid an escalating probe into ramp closings on the George Washington Bridge.

The announcement came after Democrats called for Port Authority of New York and New Jersey deputy executive director Bill Baroni to step down.

Democrats have been holding hearings into the closing that took place leading to the George Washington Bridge on September 8. Baroni said they were closed for a traffic study.

The inspector general for the Port Authority is investigating serious allegations of political retribution, that the democrat mayor of Fort Lee was punished because he did not support Republican Christie's reelection.

The GWB is the busiest bridge in the world with more than 100 million vehicles crossing it.

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